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Noun

Singular
eye dialect

Plural
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eye dialect (s)
  1. (uncountable) The deliberate use of nonstandard spellings to indicate pronunciations seen as nonstandard, dialectal, or reflective of a lack of education.
  2. (countable) A set of such nonstandard spellings, collectively used to reflect a certain form of speech.

Usage notes

  • The term eye dialect may have a negative connotation; pronunciation spelling or respelling may be considered more neutral.

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